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Newsletter 2014/1
May 2014

Among the most recent additions we like to draw your attention to some interesting books (from the 18th or early 19th century) and to an archive document: transcription of letters from the Belgian physician and naturalist Jean Démeste to Romé de l'Isle.

Once more, Simone and Peter Huber (Austria) kindly contributed to the book section of the museum by sending photographs and descriptions of rare books from their private collection:


Jean Démeste (Liège 1745-1783) is the author of a book entitled Lettres du docteur Démeste au docteur Bernard, sur la chymie, la docimasie, la cristallographie, la lithologie, la minéralogie et la physique en général (Paris, 1779). The writing of this book was strongly encouraged by Romé de l'Isle and led to an interesting correspondence between the two scholars.
Claude Hootelé made an annotated transcription of letters written by Dr Jean Démeste and addressed to Jean-Baptiste Romé de l'Isle  that is available through the archive menu entry on our site.

We hope to get more contributions for the development of our site in the near future allowing us to regularly present new entries in all the sections of the VMHM. If you have an item that you wish to insert in the virtual museum, do not hesitate to contact us. We will be glad to assist you.

Paul Tambuyser, Claude Hootelé